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November 12, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THE AMAZING thing about the late George Carlin isn't that he was perhaps the 20th century's greatest anti-establishment comedian - it was that he held the title for nearly five decades. Think about that. Through nine presidents. From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. From a time when you couldn't say those seven words on television to a time when you can say anything on cable. There are other comedians who've had careers lasting 40-plus years, but how many of them were still relevant at the end?
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August 30, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The frightfully prolific playwright Neil Simon, of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Odd Couple fame, will receive the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, which "focuses on those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences. " Simon will be honored Oct. 15 at a do featuring Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfuss, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper and Robert Redford. (It will air Nov. 20 on PBS.) The humor prize was inaugurated in '98 with honors going to Richard Pryor. Honorees include Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.
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May 17, 2012 | Howard Gensler
IT'S BEEN QUITE a week for gays: "The New Normal" was picked up by NBC; the "E! True Hollywood Story" for Joan and Melissa Rivers aired on Mother's Day; the president came out in favor of gay marriage; and Ellen DeGeneres was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen is being honored for her stand-up work, daytime show, activism and books. According to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in D.C., recipients of the Mark Twain Prize are "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens.
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October 24, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cosby on dirty jokes Comedians today think a dirty mouth can replace creativity, says beloved Temple U. alum Bill Cosby. "Your dirty jokes are loaded with profanity," Cosby tells USA Today. "Our dirty jokes had innuendo. They were stories and you could see it because they would paint a picture. " On Monday, Cosby will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tidbits 'n' pieces Gabriel Byrne will keep his therapy license: HBO has renewed In Treatment for a third season.
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November 11, 2010
TRACY MORGAN: BLACK AND BLUE. 10 p.m. Saturday, HBO. TINA FEY: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 12. SUNDAY ON PBS, you can see a broadcast of the Kennedy Center ceremony this week in which Upper Darby's Tina Fey became the youngest person to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The night before, you can watch the man she helped make (almost) safe enough for prime time on NBC's "30 Rock" in his first HBO special, "Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue. " So how blue is the unfiltered, un-Feyed Morgan, who was doing standup long before he was on "Saturday Night Live" or "30 Rock"?
NEWS
June 24, 2008
"I love words. Thank you for hearing my words. " That's how comedian George Carlin, who died Sunday at 71, began his best-known monologue, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," which was recorded on his 1972 album Class Clown. It would take more than seven words to sum up his long, funny, brilliant career. But when Carlin is mentioned, those seven words will be, too. You still can't say them on broadcast TV, or print them in most newspapers. But Carlin said them - to poke fun at authority, to talk dirty, and to stretch the ears and minds of his helplessly laughing listeners.
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May 23, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than 36 years, Rob Jennings is retiring from 6ABC at the end of July, closing out a broadcasting career of more than four decades. He joined Action News in July 1977, starting as an announcer and director, before moving on to produce Action News Crime Fighters for 16 years. It profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects. Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003.   Dancing queen   Kellie Pickler was the winner on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars . The 26-year-old country singer and her professional partner, Derek Hough , finished ahead of Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya , football pro Jacoby Jones , and gymnast Aly Raisman .   Very funny Carol Burnett has been named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - the nation's highest humor prize.
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June 22, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IT'S FINALLY here - not just Celebrityville, sillies, but America's hot, balmy summer. Warm temps, fireworks, Diddy's legendary White Party and one song that is played incessantly everywhere. This week in Celebrityville, we update the physical status of two beloved celebs as well as check on all the Hollywood types in the court docket. Yesterday "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan , still recovering from serious injuries resulting from a vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, his spokesman Lewis Kay said.
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April 14, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Jonathan Winters, 87, the cherubic comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Mr. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities, and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy.
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April 10, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
E DDIE MURPHY will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Why? He's Gumby, dammit! The center announced yesterday that Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18, so he has six months to come up with something to say (unlike his "SNL 40" appearance). The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain . Like "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood"?
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October 27, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
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October 21, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
Although lots of people seem intent on making a big tsimmis (as TempTatt's grandmother would have put it) out of Eddie Murphy 's Bill Cosby impersonation Saturday night as Murphy received this year's Mark Twain Prize during a ceremony at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, those who were there were hardly offended. "Eddie brought down the house," Joe Piscopo , Murphy's early-'80s "Saturday Night Live" partner-in-crime, told TempTatt yesterday afternoon. "With all that talent there, he was the funniest guy in the room.
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April 10, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
E DDIE MURPHY will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Why? He's Gumby, dammit! The center announced yesterday that Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18, so he has six months to come up with something to say (unlike his "SNL 40" appearance). The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain . Like "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood"?
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October 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  J AY LENO accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night at the Kennedy Center, and even though PBS will air the show on Nov. 23, here are a few highlights, courtesy of the Washington Post . Chelsea Handler : "I never really said it to you, because you're never really listening, but every single time I was on his show, he'd come back and ask me how I was doing, how was life. You made a difference in my life. I totally love you. And if you ever need anything from anyone, call Jimmy Fallon.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IT'S FINALLY here - not just Celebrityville, sillies, but America's hot, balmy summer. Warm temps, fireworks, Diddy's legendary White Party and one song that is played incessantly everywhere. This week in Celebrityville, we update the physical status of two beloved celebs as well as check on all the Hollywood types in the court docket. Yesterday "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan , still recovering from serious injuries resulting from a vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, his spokesman Lewis Kay said.
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October 22, 2013
REPAIRING RELATIONS with Iran may not be President Obama 's biggest diplomatic challenge. He and Oprah Winfrey apparently have some fence-mending to do. According to the New York Post 's Page Six, Oprah was among the mega-celebs (like Jennifer Hudson , Amy Poehler and Alicia Keys ) invited to attend a summertime powwow to prep the boldfacers for a pro-Obamacare PR campaign. "All of Oprah's top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes," one of Oprah's closest advisers told the Post . "But Oprah said she didn't have the time or inclination to go. It wasn't like she had to think it over.
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May 23, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than 36 years, Rob Jennings is retiring from 6ABC at the end of July, closing out a broadcasting career of more than four decades. He joined Action News in July 1977, starting as an announcer and director, before moving on to produce Action News Crime Fighters for 16 years. It profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects. Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003.   Dancing queen   Kellie Pickler was the winner on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars . The 26-year-old country singer and her professional partner, Derek Hough , finished ahead of Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya , football pro Jacoby Jones , and gymnast Aly Raisman .   Very funny Carol Burnett has been named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - the nation's highest humor prize.
NEWS
April 14, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Jonathan Winters, 87, the cherubic comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Mr. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities, and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy.
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October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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May 17, 2012 | Howard Gensler
IT'S BEEN QUITE a week for gays: "The New Normal" was picked up by NBC; the "E! True Hollywood Story" for Joan and Melissa Rivers aired on Mother's Day; the president came out in favor of gay marriage; and Ellen DeGeneres was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen is being honored for her stand-up work, daytime show, activism and books. According to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in D.C., recipients of the Mark Twain Prize are "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens.
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